Air New Zealand's announcement that it is axing its Beech 1900D fleet will see the BHE-CHC and BHE-WLG routes experience some service reductions, however these will be tempered by an increase in seats and fare reductions.
The Blenheim - Wellington route will drop to just 4 daily return flights, while Christchurch will lose its 3rd daily rotation leaving just 2 peak hour rotations.
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said passengers in and out of Blenheim would benefit from an average 15 per cent drop in fares because of the extra seats.Blenheim however will experience some of the last changes with the Wellington route changing in March 2016, while the Christchurch route will change in April 2016, just four months before the final 1900D is retired.
Read more on the changes via The Marlborough Express HERE
As noted by fellow blogger Steve over at 3rd Level New Zealand air2there have dropped all reference to Wellington from their website with Blenheim flights now only operating to Paraparaumu.
Check out Steve's post on the subject HERE
Last Friday I was pleased to open the Marlborough Aero Club email version of their newsletter Mac Flyer to read the story about their brand new Cessna C208 Caravan which the airline has recently purchased in the United States and is in the process of ferrying back to Blenheim.
The airline has also posted pics of this C208B which will be registered ZK-SAW on its Facebook page.
The C208B will allow SoundsAir to add Blenheim - Paraparaumu to its schedule from January 2015, and with the recent announcement by the national carrier may also allow it to service Westport.
On the Facebook page SoundsAir state they are working closely with the Buller Regional Council but cannot make any promises on whether they will commence services to Westport
Read more on the new C208 from a Marlborough Express article HERE